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* Rudolf (Friedrich Wilhelm Rud.) Gratz
(German, b. 1820)
oil on canvas
signed R. Gratz (lower left)
38 1/8 x 59 7/8 inches.
Estimate $ 800-1,200
Property from the William Robert Smith Trust, Sherman, Illinois, sold to benefit the Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County and The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Illinois
Stamped Copie nach/ der Konigl:/ Gemalde Galerie/ zu Dresden to the reverse of the canvas.
Areas of heavy craquelure throughout. Scattered, minor instaces of loss to the painted surface, some of which have been overpainted. Three pinholes to Mary Magdalene's hair. Areas of rippling to the canvas, particularly along the vertical edges. Minor areas where the unpainted canvas shows through, particularly in the lower-right corner and along the left vertical edge. Examination under UV light reveals a relatively uneven varnish with scattered, minor instances of retouch throughout.
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